The British Franchise Association
The British Franchise Association (bfa), was formed to act in the interests of the industry as a whole in assessing and accrediting franchising companies as those which meet its criteria for the structure of the franchise business, the terms of the contract between franchisor and franchisee, the testing of the system and its success as a franchise.
Richard Holden has over 30 years of experience working at Lloyds Bank and has spent the last 8 years heading up the bank’s franchise team.
Ashtons Franchise Consulting
Nick Williams is an experienced national and international franchise development consultant who has worked in the UK franchise industry since 2000.
Owen White Solicitors
Jane is head of franchising at Owen White. Owen White is one of the leading franchise specialists in the UK with over 40 years experience of advising franchisors and franchisees.
Suzanne Melville is the Marketing Manager for whichfranchise and has over 20 years of experience in franchising. Suzanne is very experienced in franchisee recruitment, working closely with franchisors to help produce tailored solutions for their franchisee recruitment needs.
Following the successful sale of Franchise Finance Limited to Hitachi Capital and the completion of a 12 month work-out period, I’ve been appointed as Chairman to assist with the relaunch and growth of the Chantry Group, consisting of the three divisions: 1) Franchise Recruitment, 2) Franchise Marketing, and 3) Franchise Valuations and Resales (new).
The Franchising Centre
Iain has been involved in matching individuals to opportunities for virtually all of his working life. Following university, Iain moved into IT sales with a major international computer manufacturer and subsequently joined IT resourcing company Computer People.
The Franchising Centre
Farrah has unrivalled experience in international franchising and has been operating in this field since 1984. Initially working for major corporations, such as Burger King and Arcadia Group Plc, Farrah began advising businesses as a consultant in 1996. Farrah is now recognised as one of the leading authorities on international franchising and her expertise is sought by companies around the world.
Martin is ranked as a leading individual in Franchising in the Chambers Guide to the Legal Profession 2015. He adds depth to the practice's franchising offering with his corporate and commercial experience, which includes contracts, purchases and sales. He advises an enviable list of business clients, and sources say: "He has always displayed sound knowledge with excellent presentation skills and technical ability."
The Bardon Group
Nigel Toplis is Managing Director of The Bardon Group stable of franchises which includes Kall Kwik, Recognition Express, ComputerXplorers and Techclean. The Group specialises in developing and growing franchised businesses in the UK.
The Franchise Development Centre
Bill has been active in franchising since 1994 working with both franchisors and franchisees. His business background covers a diverse range of sectors from retail to recruitment with his roles encompassing customer service, training, sales and marketing. As Franchise Director of a national recruitment company he has been instrumental in the launch of numerous successful franchisee start- ups.
Revive! Auto Innovations
Cathryn Hayes, Franchise Director at Revive! Auto Innovations, has over 20 years’ experience in franchising, formerly as Head of Franchising at HSBC and later as British Franchise Association (bfa) Head of Business Support. She has a high profile within the franchise industry, having been a judge for the prestigious bfa HSBC Franchisor and Franchisee of the Year Awards for many years. Cathryn contributes regular articles to the franchise press and other business media, as well as presenting at franchise exhibitions, bfa events and conferences, franchise and business events. She has achieved the bfa’s Qualified Franchise Professional status.
John H Pratt
John Pratt is the immediate past Legal Advisor to the British Franchise Association and a past Chair of the International Bar Association’s International Franchise Committee and Director of the American Bar Association’s International Franchising Division.
David's work is mainly of a commercial nature and covers a wide range of disciplines including professional partnership advice, joint venture agreements, general commercial agreements, and copyright matters. David has particular experience in the healthcare (particularly pharmaceutical and the acquisition of branded products) and logistics (including aviation) sectors.
Stevens & Bolton
Andrew is a commercial disputes partner at Stevens & Bolton LLP and a member of its franchising team, as ranked in both the Legal 500 and Chambers UK Legal Directory.
Rev PR is a specialist franchise PR agency Headed up by industry experts Sally Anne Butters and Lucy Maisey, the team at Rev PR focus on PR to boost the businesses of franchisors and franchisees alike.
Suzie is an active member of the UK and International franchise communities, and having grown her own franchise businesses both UK and Internationally within the retail and professional services industries, she is a regular key note speaker at leading franchising and business events.
Bird & Bird
Graeme is a partner in the Commercial Group of Bird & Bird, based in London. Graeme Payne is one of the leading advisers on franchising issues. He works closely with businesses to determine and develop the most commercially appropriate expansion models and routes to market.
Stuart has hands-on experience of franchise territory mapping for over 150 brands in the UK and internationally. He works with a range of franchisors helping new franchises to establish strong territory foundations and supports international brands to analyse complex networks and apply best practise territory management.
Fiona Boswell is Head of Franchising at Fraser Brown. Fiona co-ordinates the Fraser Brown franchise team that advise businesses on all legal aspects concerning franchising, including contracts, disputes, mediation, resales, international franchising, HR, property and brand issues. Fiona is a Chambers 2020 Ranked Lawyer and a Legal 500 2020 Recommended Lawyer.
Sarah Carlile is the Founding Director of Coconut Creatives, the franchise industry’s leading and award-winning provider of marketing services for franchise recruitment.
Stevens and Bolton
Nicola is a commercial partner and heads up the franchise team at Stevens & Bolton. She specialises in the commercial aspects of franchising, advising both franchisors and franchisees but with a particular focus on international expansion.
Albany Fraser Solicitors
Andrew Fraser is the owner of newly launched legal firm Albany Fraser Solicitors, a boutique commercial law firm with franchising at its heart. Before starting his own law firm, Andrew worked for Harper Macleod. Andrew acts on behalf of franchisors and franchisees throughout the UK on all manner of franchising issues including helping businesses to franchise, buying and selling franchised businesses, controlling franchise networks and managing franchise disputes.
Manzoor G.K. Ishani
Manzoor Ishani is a senior consultant solicitor with Sherrards, a commercial law practice advising franchisors and franchisees in the UK and internationally. He has specialised in franchising for more than 30 years and is a former member of the legal committee of the BFA and co-author of Franchising in the UK, Franchising in Europe and Franchising in Canada.